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K2 SideKick (2013)




Gold Medal Gear



Stability At Speed: 
2.83 / 5
Hard Snow Performance: 
2.70 / 5
Crud Performance: 
3.61 / 5
3.44 / 5
3.25 / 5
4.04 / 5





LENGTHS153, 160, 167, 174

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The widest ski in the category, the Sidekick is an adventure seeker best suited for powdery trees and back bowls (No. 1 in Flotation). Rocker in the top third eases over crud and absorbs bumps, while a solid sandwich construction offers power and stability. It has a soft, progressive flex�easy but never noodly. Tip-flap is slightly disconcerting on hardpack, but if the groomer is soft the Sidekick'll carve. Notes: The Sidekick is the flagship model of K2's Backside series of women's adventure skis, and at 108 mm it's one of the fattest women's skis on the market. It's a powder specialist but K2 builds in enough versatility for variable soft-snow fun too. As with all of the "Side" skis in the tour-ready Backside collection, the emphasis is on the descent rather than the ascent. It's a metal-reinforced, wood-core, women's-specific K2 Bioflex3 construction, with aspen underfoot (80 percent) for strength and responsiveness and paulownia (20 percent) tip and tail for softer flex and reduced swing weight. It weighs 1,970 grams at 167 cm. In women's skis, K2 uses thinner metal laminates than it the ones used in men's skis to reduce weight and soften flex. HybriTech Sidewall construction combines a sturdy vertical sidewall underfoot for edge grip, lightweight cap fore and aft for supple flex. K2's All-Terrain Rocker combines 70 percent camber with 30 percent tip/shovel rocker to smooth the ride, enhance forgiveness and improve soft-snow flotation. The Powder Tip is tapered so it's less easily deflected and swing weight is reduced. Tip and tail hardware is removable, and the holes readily accept pre-cut K2 skins for touring. The pink ribbon on the base signifies K2's support (at least $75,000 annually) for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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